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Penny tax would be boost to future

Posted: October 19, 2010 3:10 p.m.
Updated: October 20, 2010 5:00 a.m.

For those unaware, I don’t reside in Kershaw County. But this doesn’t mean I’m careless about what happens here.

While I obviously won’t have a vote on the upcoming Kershaw County capital projects sales tax, I do have an opinion on the matter; one which I’m sure won’t surprise those readers who are vocal in their opposition to my views.

My opinion, of course, is that should the 1-cent tax fail, it’ll be quite a wasted opportunity for the people of the county. It’ll also be a failed chance for the county to improve its reputation across the state.

People, this is estimated to cost the average taxpayer not even $5 a month. Have some crackers one night instead of a full dinner, and there you go, you saved $5. For the record, groceries and unprepared food are exempt from the tax.

A saying that has been repeated during this election season is to“ask yourself if your children be awarded the same opportunities you had, whether they’ll be better or worse off in a decade?”

If you, the residents of this county, would like for your children to remain in Kershaw County, and hope to see them grow up here and potentially raise a family of their own, you should automatically vote yes.

Sure, eight years is awhile, but in the grand scheme, it’s a blink of the eye, especially when you consider the benefits will last three or four times that eight-year span.

The projects, specifically the $11 million worth of recreation upgrades, are impressive. The rec projects, from my view, will come very close to paying for themselves after 10 to 15 years, assuming the county hosts statewide tournaments and continues to see strong participation from community youth.

Fortunately, I’ve never had to pay a visit to KershawHealth for treatment purposes, but I’ve heard overcrowding can be a severe problem at times. The outpatient and urgent center listed here will be meant to relieve this overcrowding, as well as increase cancer services. As the saying goes, you can’t put a price on health.

Anything education-related gets my nod, which explains my enchantment with both the new library in Elgin and additional funding for Central Carolina Technical College.

Some readers are likely to be dumbfounded upon hearing this, but I actually boast often about the things Kershaw County and the city of Camden do right in comparison with other rural areas and small towns across the state. If voters say yes on the sales tax and the Sunday alcohol sales in the city of Camden, that will serve as a validation that this place knows how to grow in a responsible, conservative way.

In an attempt to show I’m not a tax-and-spend, job-killing, tree-hugging, American-hating, Obama-socialist liberal, I’d like to state I’m firmly opposed to the tax in my county of residence, Richland. There, voters are being asked to approve a 25-year, 1-cent tax to fund transportation projects, road improvements and a bus system to serve the capital city. I can’t get on board with a tax that carries a 25-year life span.

Another matter in the hands of Camden voters, as mentioned, is whether to allow the sale and consumption of alcohol on Sundays. This, similar to gays in the military and equal rights for gay couples, is one of those generational issues which will largely dissolve over the next couple decades, thankfully.

Just like gay soldiers aren’t telling anyone they need to be gay or preaching against heterosexuality, people who want to have a drink during Sunday brunch aren’t pouring one down anyone else’s throat. The city of Camden is too forward-thinking to not pass the alcohol issue.

Be reasonable, have some vision, and make this county better in 20 years by voting yes for the capital sales tax and the Sunday-alcohol question.

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